Center for Surrogate Parenting, LLC.

What Is Surrogacy?

Get an answer to the question, “What is surrogacy?”

At our surrogacy agency, we believe that knowledge is the key to a successful surrogacy journey. It starts with understanding the answer to one very important question: “What is surrogacy?” Gestational surrogacy is a heartwarming method of assisted reproduction that helps parents create a family when they are unable to carry a pregnancy.

During the surrogacy journey, parents select their ideal surrogate, then have an embryo created with their own biological material, or sometimes, with help from an egg, sperm or embryo donor. A fertility doctor then transfers the best-quality embryo to the surrogate’s uterus, where it has the chance to implant and grow into a healthy pregnancy. Gestational surrogates have no genetic relationship to the child they deliver.

What is surrogacy?

One of our favorite aspects of surrogacy is that it helps such a wide range of parents. From women experiencing infertility, to LGBTQ couples and single men, surrogacy helps many people experience the incredible moment of holding their newborn in their arms for the first time. What is surrogacy? It’s actually a pretty complex process, but we try to make it simple and seamless for everyone involved.

Who needs a surrogate? Women who cannot carry a pregnancy because of uterine issues, preexisting health conditions, hysterectomy, or challenges with previous pregnancies may decide to use a surrogate. In addition, same-sex male couples and single men will require a surrogate if they want to have a child that is genetically related to them.

Qualified surrogates. To ensure that CSP gestational surrogates can give parents the best possible chance of starting their families, women who apply to become surrogates are carefully pre-screened before being presented for matching. After a comprehensive initial intake assessment and interview, applicants undergo a series of comprehensive physical and psychological evaluations to determine their overall health. Unlike other surrogacy agencies, we take care of all screening ahead of time, so that you don’t have to take on the risk of paying for screening only to discover that your chosen surrogate is disqualified. Our pre-screening approach also ensures that your surrogate will be ready to get started right away.

Cost of surrogacy. Many people who are exploring the question “What is surrogacy?” are surprised to find that the process is more accessible than they expected. The cost of surrogacy largely depends on where the gestational surrogate lives, whether she has insurance and whether she’s a first-time surrogate. On average, our surrogates receive $46,000 to $68,000.

Because surrogacy also involves IVF, and that process can vary from patient to patient, the costs of the additional services required for surrogacy depend on the parent’s unique needs, insurance plan and other factors. We can help you determine what your specific fertility journey will cost, and if there is financial assistance available to help you grow your family.

Choosing to move forward with surrogacy is a big step, which is why the caring team at our surrogacy agency is by your side every step of the way. For our team, there is nothing more rewarding than helping to create that special moment when you see and hold your baby for the very first time.

What is the surrogacy process?

For parents, the first step in moving forward with surrogacy is filling out our online application and completing the initial consultations with a dedicated CSP case manager. From there, we help you find your ideal surrogate.

Our experts will also support you in moving through the necessary requirements to produce a healthy embryo through fertility medications, egg retrieval, semen collection and/or the use of an egg or sperm donor. The embryo is then transferred to the surrogate’s uterus, in hopes of achieving a positive pregnancy test.

During your surrogate’s pregnancy, our team helps coordinate the prenatal appointments that you will attend with your surrogate, and we will work with you and your surrogate to plan for your participation during the birth of your child.

Surrogates hoping to work with our surrogacy agency complete an application and a series of interviews and medical and psychological studies to confirm they’re good candidates for surrogacy. We then help them find an optimal match and guide them through the process of taking any needed medications, undergoing the embryo transfer, and carrying and delivering the parents’ child. After the birth, we continue to support the surrogate by connecting her with others on the same journey and ensuring that her emotional and physical needs are met.

Whether you are dreaming of becoming a parent or want to help others by becoming a surrogate, we are honored to assist you. Contact us to get all of the information you need for a complete answer to the question, “What is surrogacy?”